We are proudly presenting our next resident DJ - Mulan aka Erick Ong, deeply rooted in Manila’s underground music scene and one of the most respected DJs in the country. A true vinyl archeologist, Mulan is said to have a collection of up to 10,000 records lying around in his attic, ranging from techno, house, krautrock, disco, experimental, IDM ambient and more.
For XX XX, we can expect an amazing variety of genres behind the decks, impeccable mixing skills and always the right music for the right time.
Listen to Mulan’s mix and find out about him in the interview below.
What is your background with electronic music? How did you develop your passion for it?
Since I was a kid I always remember being attracted or interested in subculture. Unusual designs, places, culture, movies, posters, fashion, music, etc. always fascinated me. I think I’m also really drawn to dark electronic and heavy sounds. When I started listening to music, I was into artists such as Depeche mode, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, and other new wave, dark, or electronic stuff.
Who or what would you say are your main influences as a DJ?
I first got blown away when Groove Nation brought Ken Ishii to Manila in 1998. That was my first proper techno party and during that night I already knew that I wanted to be a techno DJ. A lot of local artists, friends, DJs and musicians influenced me. Especially the Groove Nation crew, Rubber Inc. (Noel and Malek), Erwin Edralin or House Boy (Don Renato). When it comes to international artists, my favorite DJ since I started DJing, and even until now is definitely Jeff Mills! When I heard him DJ and play with the crowd, that’s what caught my attention. He has a perfect balance of great sounds and skills. I usually get bored listening to DJs who just mix. I mean, most techno is very loopy and if you just play it, it gets boring sometimes. You need to put your special flavor in it and catch the crowd! Beatmatching and track selection is not enough for me, especially these days where you could just download other DJ’s playlists and play it with a controller with sync button. There is nothing special and interesting about it. But I also get bored listening to DJs who scratch and beat juggle all the time, and focus on all the technical things instead of the sound. It gets a little childish and annoying when it’s not done properly. Jeff Mills is the perfect DJ for me. Just the right amount of everything: dark, intelligent, skillful, banging and loud. A perfect sound for dance clubs!
What can we expect from you as a resident DJ at XX XX / 20:20?
I’m not quite sure yet, I’ll try to make people dance! I think I can provide the best quality sound for any kind of set time. I’m just going to make sure that it’s always fun, but quality music!
As a club, what does XX XX represent to you and what are your hopes for it?
I’ve been imagining and attempting this project for 16 years now. It has always been my biggest dream to have a proper underground dance club in Manila. Making an impact through culture, design, image, ideas, art, sound and music. I want the DJs to have attitude again, the ones that know and understand the electronic music culture and lifestyle. DJs these days are too nerdy, DJing is supposed to be fun and unpredictable, like rock n roll. DJs should realize that they’re supposed to fail or make mistake every once in a while. That’s what makes it interesting, it’s unpredictable! Anything can happen and the crowd feels that. Being safe is basic and not fun. I want the DJs to be special again with their own unique sounds, identity and style. I think thats the way to improve or build a scene.
Name 3 tracks that define you.
- At the moment - Aphex Twin – Girl / Boy (my wedding song)
- Cabaret Voltaire- C.O.M.A.
- Justin Velour - I can’t sing